MONA IS A school teacher. She’s also in her mid-30s. With an acerbic tongue that hits on the mark every time, she extrapolates on her life, the men in it, and the offensive opinions of parents of entitled children, tossing her experiences in the face of her decision to not have children. “Mona” played by Romy Park is the eighth episode in the podcast series The End of the Line, and she’s seething with opinion.
While it’s one thing to deal with a child who thinks they know better, it’s quite another to deal with the parent of said child who wants to shield that awful “mini me” from life itself and all its pricks and kicks. Like the Lindsay Duncan character in her fabulous monologue about the life of a school teacher in a small North of England village, at the end of the Alan Bleasdale 1995 series Jake’s Progress, Mona has a job to do. If she’s going to do it well, she has to call out the “monosyllabic masturbators” for what they are, shuddering in the wake of a generation raised on South Park– and Family Guy.
And then, there’s her private life. And dates which may have potential, but ones who also slap on judgment and a glut of assumptions when her age comes into the picture. Park gives this short podcast the fierce wings and guttural pizzazz it needs. It will leave you with your blood pressure raised and a victorious sense of vindication. Listen here.
Mona is a story conceived by Romy Park and Mark Heywood. Written and directed by Mark Heywood and features technical input by Hetty Hodgson. With music by Daisy Chute and Cerian of the Heard Collective, it is performed by Romy Park and it is the eighth in a series of podcasts produced by Ink Jockey collectively called The End of the Line.